Cheap flights to Corsica

Corsica is an island and region in the Mediterranean Sea belonging to France. It is located southeast of France, west of Italy, and north of the Italian island of Sardinia. It is divided in two departments: Haute-Corse (Upper Corsica) and Corse-du-Sud (Southern Corsica). It is one of the 27 regions of France, and enjoys some greater powers compared to other regions but for all intents and purposes, is technically referred to as a region in common speech and is listed as one. Its capital is Ajaccio.

What to see & do

Perhaps the most notable prehistoric site in the island is Filitosa in northwest of Propriano. A collection of extraordinary carved menhirs discovered in 1946 are found here. Its menhirs are highly unusual, with a lot having very distinct and detailed faces, anatomical features, even their swords and armour. Don’t forget to visit the vast fortified citadel in Calvi, which offers amazing wraparound views from its five bastions. Go on an adventure at Cap Corse, a north-eastern peninsula that stands out from the rest of the island, resembling a giant finger poking towards mainland France. Its stunning west coast is known for its spectacular beauty – rocky cliffs and perched villages – while the east coast exudes a quaint atmosphere, with its rolling green hills, beaches, and seaside villages. Wander around Parc de Saleccia, a seven-hectare landscaped gardens home to the flora of island. But if there’s one place you should not miss, it’s the breathtaking Les Calanques (E Calanche in Corsican), which is best explored on foot. See its cliffs teetering above the Golfe de Porto; you can’t miss its flaming red colour. Follow the trail which starts near Pont de Mezzanu and see stunning rock formations along. Bask under the sun along the shores of Ficajola and Arone.

To say that Pasquale Paoli is massive is an understatement. This gourmet restaurant, a Michelin star, offers the best dining experience either inside a whitewashed dining room or alfresco on the wood-decked terrace of place Paoli. You can also try the delicious meals at A Casarella, which also boasts the most beautiful terrace in Bastia.

How to get around within Corsica

The best way to navigate Corsica is by car due to the poor condition of public transportation. There are three train lines that connect the major cities. It has a total of 232km (144 miles) of metre gauge railway, with the main line running between Bastia and Ajaccio, and an additional branch line from Ponte-Leccia to Calvi. For those destinations not covered by trains, you’ll have to take the bus, which only leaves twice a day – at most.

How to get there

Corsica has four airports: Ajaccio, Bastia, Calvi, and Figari (next to Porto-Vecchio). However, transport from the airport to the cities is rather limited. Bastia airport has an almost-every hour bus service to town during the day. The only other option is to rent a car or hitchhike. Flights to the island from outside mainland France are infrequent and expensive. Your best bet is to book a flight to Nice then transfer to the connecting ferry to Corsica.

Flights to Corsica

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